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Bacteriologic and clinical efficacy of high dose amoxicillin for therapy of acute otitis media in children.
Pediatr Infect Dis J 2003; 22(5):405-13PI

Abstract

BACKGROUND

High dose (70 to 90 mg/kg/day) amoxicillin is recommended as first line therapy of acute otitis media (AOM) in geographic areas where drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae is prevalent. Information on the bacteriologic efficacy of high dose amoxicillin treatment for AOM is limited.

OBJECTIVES

To evaluate the bacteriologic and clinical efficacy of high dose amoxicillin as first line therapy in AOM.

METHODS

In a prospective study 50 culture-positive patients ages 3 to 22 months (median, 9 months; 77% <1 year) were treated with high dose amoxicillin (80 mg/kg/day three times a day for 10 days) No antibiotics were administered 72 h before enrollment. Twenty-four (48%) patients presented with their first episode of AOM. Middle ear fluid was cultured by tympanocentesis at enrollment and on Days 4 to 6 of therapy. Additional middle ear fluid cultures were obtained if clinical relapse occurred. Bacteriologic failure was defined by positive cultures on Days 4 to 6 and clinical failure by no change or worsening of AOM signs and symptoms and requirement for additional antibiotics during therapy and/or at end of therapy. Patients were followed until Day 28 +/- 2. Susceptibility to penicillin and amoxicillin was measured by E-test.

RESULTS

Sixty-five organisms were recovered at enrollment: Haemophilus influenzae (38), Streptococcus pneumoniae (24), Streptococcus pyogenes (2) and Moraxella catarrhalis (1). Eighteen (75%) S. pneumoniae were nonsusceptible to penicillin (MIC > 0.1 microg/ml). All 24 S. pneumoniae isolates had amoxicillin MIC < or = 2.0 microg/ml. Thirteen (34%) of the 38 H. influenzae were beta-lactamase producers. Eradication was achieved in 41 (82%) patients for 54 of 65 (83%) pathogens: 22 of 24 (92%) S. pneumoniae, 21 of 25 (84%) beta-lactamase-negative H. influenzae, 8 of 13 (62%) beta-lactamase-positive H. influenzae, 2 of 2 S. pyogenes and 1 of 1 M. catarrhalis. Seven organisms not initially present were isolated on Days 4 to 6 in 5 patients: 3 beta-lactamase-positive H. influenzae; 1 beta-lactamase-negative H. influenzae; 2 S. pneumoniae; and 1 M. catarrhalis. In total 14 of 50 (28%) patients failed bacteriologically on Days 4 to 6 (persistence + new infection), of whom 9 (64%) had beta-lactamase-positive H. influenzae. Three (33%) of the 9 patients with bacteriologic failure (2 beta-lactamase-positive H. influenzae, 1 S. pneumoniae) failed also clinically on Days 4 to 6.

CONCLUSIONS

The predominant pathogens isolated from children with AOM failing high dose amoxicillin therapy were beta-lactamase-producing organisms. Because its overall clinical efficacy is good, high dose amoxicillin is still an appropriate choice as first line empiric therapy for AOM, followed by a beta-lactamase-stable drug in the event of failure.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit, Soroka University Medical Center and Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12792379

Citation

Piglansky, Lolita, et al. "Bacteriologic and Clinical Efficacy of High Dose Amoxicillin for Therapy of Acute Otitis Media in Children." The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, vol. 22, no. 5, 2003, pp. 405-13.
Piglansky L, Leibovitz E, Raiz S, et al. Bacteriologic and clinical efficacy of high dose amoxicillin for therapy of acute otitis media in children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2003;22(5):405-13.
Piglansky, L., Leibovitz, E., Raiz, S., Greenberg, D., Press, J., Leiberman, A., & Dagan, R. (2003). Bacteriologic and clinical efficacy of high dose amoxicillin for therapy of acute otitis media in children. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 22(5), pp. 405-13.
Piglansky L, et al. Bacteriologic and Clinical Efficacy of High Dose Amoxicillin for Therapy of Acute Otitis Media in Children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2003;22(5):405-13. PubMed PMID: 12792379.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Bacteriologic and clinical efficacy of high dose amoxicillin for therapy of acute otitis media in children. AU - Piglansky,Lolita, AU - Leibovitz,Eugene, AU - Raiz,Simon, AU - Greenberg,David, AU - Press,Joseph, AU - Leiberman,Alberto, AU - Dagan,Ron, PY - 2003/6/7/pubmed PY - 2003/7/30/medline PY - 2003/6/7/entrez SP - 405 EP - 13 JF - The Pediatric infectious disease journal JO - Pediatr. Infect. Dis. J. VL - 22 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: High dose (70 to 90 mg/kg/day) amoxicillin is recommended as first line therapy of acute otitis media (AOM) in geographic areas where drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae is prevalent. Information on the bacteriologic efficacy of high dose amoxicillin treatment for AOM is limited. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the bacteriologic and clinical efficacy of high dose amoxicillin as first line therapy in AOM. METHODS: In a prospective study 50 culture-positive patients ages 3 to 22 months (median, 9 months; 77% <1 year) were treated with high dose amoxicillin (80 mg/kg/day three times a day for 10 days) No antibiotics were administered 72 h before enrollment. Twenty-four (48%) patients presented with their first episode of AOM. Middle ear fluid was cultured by tympanocentesis at enrollment and on Days 4 to 6 of therapy. Additional middle ear fluid cultures were obtained if clinical relapse occurred. Bacteriologic failure was defined by positive cultures on Days 4 to 6 and clinical failure by no change or worsening of AOM signs and symptoms and requirement for additional antibiotics during therapy and/or at end of therapy. Patients were followed until Day 28 +/- 2. Susceptibility to penicillin and amoxicillin was measured by E-test. RESULTS: Sixty-five organisms were recovered at enrollment: Haemophilus influenzae (38), Streptococcus pneumoniae (24), Streptococcus pyogenes (2) and Moraxella catarrhalis (1). Eighteen (75%) S. pneumoniae were nonsusceptible to penicillin (MIC > 0.1 microg/ml). All 24 S. pneumoniae isolates had amoxicillin MIC < or = 2.0 microg/ml. Thirteen (34%) of the 38 H. influenzae were beta-lactamase producers. Eradication was achieved in 41 (82%) patients for 54 of 65 (83%) pathogens: 22 of 24 (92%) S. pneumoniae, 21 of 25 (84%) beta-lactamase-negative H. influenzae, 8 of 13 (62%) beta-lactamase-positive H. influenzae, 2 of 2 S. pyogenes and 1 of 1 M. catarrhalis. Seven organisms not initially present were isolated on Days 4 to 6 in 5 patients: 3 beta-lactamase-positive H. influenzae; 1 beta-lactamase-negative H. influenzae; 2 S. pneumoniae; and 1 M. catarrhalis. In total 14 of 50 (28%) patients failed bacteriologically on Days 4 to 6 (persistence + new infection), of whom 9 (64%) had beta-lactamase-positive H. influenzae. Three (33%) of the 9 patients with bacteriologic failure (2 beta-lactamase-positive H. influenzae, 1 S. pneumoniae) failed also clinically on Days 4 to 6. CONCLUSIONS: The predominant pathogens isolated from children with AOM failing high dose amoxicillin therapy were beta-lactamase-producing organisms. Because its overall clinical efficacy is good, high dose amoxicillin is still an appropriate choice as first line empiric therapy for AOM, followed by a beta-lactamase-stable drug in the event of failure. SN - 0891-3668 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12792379/Bacteriologic_and_clinical_efficacy_of_high_dose_amoxicillin_for_therapy_of_acute_otitis_media_in_children_ L2 - http://Insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=12792379 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -